The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime

The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime : Con Artists, Burglars, Rogues, and Scoundrels from the Time of Sherlock Holmes

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Collected here for the first time is the best crime fiction from the gaslight era. All the legendary thieves are present - Arsene Lupin and A.J. Raffles, Colonel Clay and Simon Carne, Romney Pringle, Get Rich Quick Wallingford, and the Infallible Godahl - burgling London and Paris, conning New York and Ostend, laughing all the way to the bank. Also featured are stories by distinguished writers from outside the mystery and detective genres, including Sinclair Lewis, Arnold Bennett, H.G. Wells, and William Hope Hodgson.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 17.78mm | 181.44g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0143105663
  • 9780143105664
  • 314,962

About Michael Sims

Michael Sims has edited two other collections for Penguin Classics: The Annotated Archy and Mehitable and Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Thief. His research for the latter inspired The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime. His most recent non-fiction book is Apollo's Fire: A Journey through the Extraordinary Wonders of an Ordinary Day, which National Public Radio chose as one of the Best Science Books of 2007. He is also the author of Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form, which was a New York Times Notable Book and a Library Journal Best Science Book; and Darwin's Orchestra: An Almanac of Nature in History and the Arts. His writing has appeared in New Statesman, Gourmet, Orion, the Washington Post, and many other periodicals in the United States and abroad. Learn more at
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"Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may the more perfectly respect it."-G. K. Chesterton
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Table of contents

The Penguin Book of Gaslight CrimeAcknowledgments
Introduction: Fools and Their Money
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime
Grant Allen (1848-1899)
The Episode of the Diamond Links
Guy Boothby (1867-1905)
The Duchess of Wiltshire's Diamonds
E. W. Hornung (1866-1921)
Nine Points of the Law
Robert Barr (1849-1912)
The Mystery of the Five Hundred Diamonds
Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)
A Comedy on the Gold Coast
William Le Queux (1864-1927)
The Story of a Secret
O. Henry (1862-1910)
The Chair of Philanthromathematics
George Randolph Chester (1869-1924)
Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford
Frederick Irving Anderson (1877-1947)
Blind Man's Buff
William Hope Hodgson (1877-1918)
The Diamond Spy
Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951)
The Willow Walk
Edgar Wallace (1875-1932)
Four Square Jane
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